Mariners' Hector Santiago, who protested sticky stuff suspension, hit with 80-game ban for PEDs

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As it turns out, receiving MLB's first 10-game suspension for using illegal substances on the mound wasn't Hector Santiago's biggest problem.

The Seattle Mariners reliever was hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for exogenous testosterone, according to's Mark Feinsand.

Santiago later announced he would not appeal his suspension, claiming that he underwent a hormonal replacement replacement therapy in 2020 while unaffiliated with a club. While he signed a minor league deal that year with the Detroit Tigers, the Tigers released him ahead of the season in July.

The decision ends Santiago's season, his first with the Mariners in a 10-year MLB career.

Santiago had previously made headlines when umpires found an illegal sticky substance on his person during MLB's crackdown on such substances. After his immediate ejection, Santiago protested that he had only been using rosin, while crew chief Tom Hallion said the substance was "very noticeable."

MLB eventually ruled against Santiago, suspending him for 10 games and fining him an undisclosed amount. Now, it appears the league is ruling against him in an even more impactful way.

Santiago currently holds a 3.42 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Losing him further complicates a Seattle bullpen that was already seeing plenty of upheaval via the trade deadline.

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